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Wednesday, 23 November 1960

Mr DAVIES (BRADDON, TASMANIA) - I direct a question to the Minister for Shipping and Transport in connexion with possible Government assistance in the construction of a container roll-on, roll-off type of vessel as planned by Captain Bob Houfe for the Bass Strait islands trade. Will the Minister inform the House whether the Department of Shipping and Transport has made a decision yet about possible financial support by extending a ship-building subsidy to the proposed vessel? Further, will the Minister state whether the reported statement of the Minister for Customs and Excise last Friday that a 300-ton vessel would be constructed and in operation by 1962 refers to the proposal put forward by Captain Houfe, or has the Government another proposition under consideration for the elimination of the shipping difficulties of the Bass Strait islands?

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